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False memories have been implanted into mice, scientists say.
A team was able to make the mice wrongly associate a benign environment with a previous unpleasant experience from different surroundings.
The researchers conditioned a network of neurons to respond to light, making the mice recall the unpleasant environment.
Reporting in Science, they say it could one day shed light into how false memories occur in humans.
The brains of genetically engineered mice were implanted with optic fibres in order to deliver pulses of light to their brain. Known as optogenetics, this technique is able to make individual neurons respond to light.
I wonder then if it could be used to associate bad situation from memory and turn them into good ones, for over coming traumatic events and such.
Originally posted by rockoperawriter
A mouse. A laser beam. A manipulated memory and a wardrobe. sorry couldn't help myself. still shooting lasers into the brain. marketing that would take an epic feat of capitalism. i don't even think disney could do it but here we are.
I think that is an interesting point. But would you really want to? (pending person preference of course) As our life experiences both good and bad define who we are. We would effectively be removing a part of ourselves and our personality at that point.
My concern is that this tech could be used to turn peoples frustrations and anger into contentment. eg. People being critical of the government would no longer be an issue..
I was thinking more along the lines of traumatic experiences caused by phobias. You could treat the fear of lets say spiders, with the same emotional response a butterfly gets from the same patient.
Well phobias happen for a reason to alert us to something, maybe to get rid of them isn't neccessary